St. Peter Knights Nwike Osiagwu drives to the basket
during the NCSSAA junior boys Tier 1 championship on
Feb. 28. FRED SHERWIN PHOTO
was a bleak month for the east end's high school basketball
teams. What started out as a post season full of high hopes
ended with only one team capturing a title while five others
were left wondering what could have been after they came
up short in their quest for a city championship.
Riel Rebelles had the first shot at a title, but they came
up a point short in a heart-breaking overtime loss to the
Longfield Davidson Heights Ravens in the senior boys AAA
final on Feb. 21 despite a 21-point effort by point guard
catholique Mer Bleue suffered the same fate in a 60-57 loss
to Notre Dame High School in the senior boys 'A' final.
28, three more east end teams would have their shot at a
city championship on the hardwood in the La Cité
Collegiale gym, but all three would suffer the same fate
as the Louis Riel and Mer Bleue senior boys teams.
up was the Mer Bleue junior boys squad which ened up losing
70-59 to the Earl of March Lions in the Tier 2 final. The
game was relatively close through the first two quarters,
but the Lions blew the game wide open with a 25-point third
points heading into the final stanza, Mer Bleue did their
best to close the gap but ultimately lost by 11 points.
was the Gisèle-Lalonde Titans senior boys team, but
they too had to leave the floor in defeat after coming out
on the short end of 71-61 final against the Franco-Ouest
Falcons in the Tier 1 senior boys final.
trailed 22-9 after the first quarter and never recovered.
They did mange to narrow the deficit to seven points at
the end of the first half, but by the end of the third quarter
the Falcons had reestablished a 20 point lead.
the same story for the St. Peter Knights junior boys team
which was completely overwhelmed by the Nepean Knights in
the first quarter of the Tier 1 championship game. By the
time they knew what hit them they were trialing 28-8 with
the game barely eight minutes old.
deficit proved too much for St. Peter to make up and they
ended up losing by 36 points.
Wilson Wildcats capture Tier 2 title
bright spot in the east end were the Carine Wilson Wildcats
who beat the Hillcrest Hawks 61-58 to win the senior boys
Tier 2 championship.
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